WINTERPORT, Florida — The Gusties broke up on their third day of competition in Florida, losing 3-2 to Hope before beating Washington & Jefferson an impressive 8-1.
Gustav 2, Hope 3 | BOX RESULT
The Gusties had two runs with three hits against Hope, but it wouldn’t be enough to defeat Hope College’s Flying Dutch, who had just one more than the Gusties with five hits ahead of Piper Otto (Jr., Brooklyn Park).
The Gusties hit both runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead over Hope. Madi Mueller (Jr., North Mankato) was walked to the start of the game and sent home as freshman year Caitlin Olafsson (Fy., Woodbury) continued her impressive game behind the plate and hit her first career home run to to meet Mueller.
The Gusties’ bats fell silent for the rest of the game as Hope equalized 2-2 in game five. The Flying Dutch scored the deciding run in game six to defeat the Gusties 3-2.
Olafsson, Mueller and Lauren Lambert (Fy., Woodbury) ended with the Gusties’ three goals.
Gustavus 8, Washington & Jefferson 1 | BOX RESULT
The Gusties turned the tables on the Presidents, hitting eight runs for 14 total hits, while Maizie Anderson (Fy., Rosemount) hit seven in six innings and conceded just one run with four hits.
The Gusties started strong with Rachel Kawiecki (Sun., Richfield) and Olafsson both scoring unearned runs in the first. The Presidents responded in the third and scored their only run of the day, an RBI single.
Gustavus added a run in the fourth on an Olafsson RBI single, but the team was most impressive in the fifth, hitting five runs from five hits. Taylor Katzenmeyer (Fy., Hopkins), running for Katelyn Kasper (Fy., Maple Grove), advanced to second and third places on a wild pitch, making it with an RBI single from Isabel Reuvers (Jr., Medford ) home. . With the bases loaded, president pitcher Jordan Hinz led Grace Gardner (Fy., Big Lake) for the second time of the team’s inning, forcing a pitching change for Washington & Jefferson. An RBI single from Olivia Guggenberger (Fy., Rosemount) scored another for Black & Gold while Olafsson ended the inning with a two-run single to score the last two of the Gusties in the game.
Olafsson led the squad behind the plate, going 3-on-4 with one run and three RBIs. Guggenberger, Kawiecki, Reuvers and Kayla Herda (Sunday, Farmington) also had two hits each.
The Gusties are back in Florida tomorrow for their final day of competition, taking on Colby and Westminster at 8:00 and 10:30 CST.